The Napoleon Series: What's New?


 

31 December

On behalf of the Napoleon Series Team, I wish all of you a happy new year!

Stephen Millar has started a new project examining Austrian infantry regiments:

Austrian Regiments and Their Commanders 1792 - 1815: Line Infantry Regiments

Caroline Miley provides a translation of a primary source document that shows the depth of the anti-Napoleon sentiments in Spain.

Proclamation at La Coruña 1808 before the Napoleonic Invasion of Spain

Alex Mikaberidze translates more primary source material from the Russian State Archives:

Lieutenant General Przhebishevsky’s Report on Actions of the 3rd Column during the Battle of Austerlitz

From Greg Gorsuch:

6th Corps: 30 November 1806
6th Corps: 25 December 1806

Paul Dawson has a companion piece to his history of the 3rd Grenadiers of the Guard:

Uniforms of the 3eme Grenadiers-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale 1810-1813

15 December

Ron McGuigan looks at the British Army in the War of 1812:

The British Army Stationed in British North America 1812-1815

Alexander Mikaberidze provides another set of memoirs from the Russian Archives:

The Liberation of the Netherlands (November - December 1813): From the Mémoires du comte Alexandre Benckendorf

Paul Dawson continues his study of the French Imperial Guard:

3eme Grenadiers-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale 1810-1813

More French orders-of-battle from the 1806 Campaign:

5th Corps: 30 November 1806

5th Corps: 30 December 1806

Stephen Millar looks at the Austrian forces at Wagram:

Austrian Order-of-Battle at Wagram: 5 - 6 July 1809

Alan Callender updates a pair of his studies:

A Bibliography of French "Staff" Histories

A List of Material added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2004

30 November

Stephen Millar continues his orders-of-battle of studies, with a look at the French and their Allies at Leipzig. This was a massive undertaking. The original document was 47 pages long!

French Order-of-Battle at Leipzig: 16-18 October 1813

Greg Gorsuch continues to look at the orders-of-battle from the Golymin Campaign of 1806 - 1807:

3rd Corps

3rd Corps: 12 November 1806

3rd Corps: 20 January 1807

4th Corps

4th Corps: 25 December 1806

4th Corps: 5 January 1807

4th Corps: 20 January 1807

We close with a review of David Hollins'

Austrian Grenadiers and Infantry, 1788-1816

15 November

In our Bibliographic Section we have a bibliography by Moisés Gaudêncio on Portuguese sources:

A Portuguese Bibliography of the Peninsular War and French Invasions of Portugal

More orders-of-battle for the 1806 - 1807 Campaign from Greg Gorsuch:

Reserve Light Cavalry Division: 28 November 1806

Reserve Light Cavalry Division: 17 January 1807

1st Corps (25 December 1806)

1st Corps (9 January 1807)

1st Corps (20 January 1807)

Another order-of-battle from Stephen Millar:

The French Army at Albuera: 16 May 1811

Caroline Miley provides us with a translation of a Spanish document on the impact of the French in:

Benavente and Its Environs during the War of Independence

31 October

Stephen Millar moves to the Peninsula and provides us with:

The French Army at Talavera de la Reyna: 27 - 28 July 1809

Another translated article from Caroline Miley. This article first appeared on the Spanish language website GUERRA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA ESPAÑOLA 1808-1814. The editors have kindly given the Napoleon Series to publish it in English.

The Battle of La Coruña: Decisive in a Vital Campaign

Greg Gorsuch brings us more primary source documents from the 1806 - 1807 Campaign.

Reserve Cavalry Corps (30 November 1806 and 1 January 1807)

3e Division de Dragons

4e Division de Dragons

5e Division de Dragons

1er Division de Grosse Cavalerie

2e Division de Grosse Cavalerie

2nd Reserve Cavalry Corps (25 December 1806)

3e Division de Grosse Cavalerie (January 1807)

We close with an update to a bibliography:

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

15 October 2004

Caroline Miley has begun a project of translating interesting articles that appear Spanish language website GUERRA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA ESPAÑOLA 1808-1814. The editors have kindly given the Napoleon Series to publish it in English. The first article is:

Spanish Artillery Officers during the War of Independence

Greg Gorsuch is bringing us more primary source documents from the 1806 - 1807 Campaign. This time it is a couple of French orders-of-battle:

1er Division de Dragons

2e Division de Dragons    

Stephen Millar looks at the Prussian order-of-battle at Auerstadt:

The Prussian Army at Auerstadt: 14 October 1806

For those of you interested in bridging operations, we have a technical look at how Napoleon bridged the Danube in May and July of 1809! This article was first written in 1832 and contains rare line drawings of how the bridges were built!!

The French Bridging Operations across the Danube in 1809

We close with a pair of reviews. The first is of a very rare British memoir, written by an enlisted soldier who was in the thick of things!

With the 45th at Badajoz, Salamanca, and Vittoria

The second review, by Tom Holmberg, is a novel about Napoleon's exile on Saint Helena, as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl:

Betsy and the Emperor

30 September

Congratulations to David Markham, whose book Napoleon’s Road to Glory: Triumphs, Defeats & Immortality and to Edward Ryan author of Napoleon's Shield and Guardian: The Unconquerable General Daumesnil for be co-winners of the Napoleonic Society of America’s 2004 Literary Award!

Stephen Millar continues with is order-of-battle studies. This time it is massive -- over 40 pages long!

Allied Order-of-Battle at Leipzig: 16-18 October 1813

The Allied Army of Bohemia
The Army of Bohemia: the Southern Wing
The Army of Silesia
The Army of the North
The Russian Army of Poland

In the Statistical Abstract:

Total Casualties Suffered by the Officers of the Tirailleurs de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Killed While Serving with the Tirailleurs de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Wounded While Serving with the Tirailleurs de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Who Died of Wounds While Serving with the Tirailleurs de la Garde Imperiale

We close with a review by Ron McGuigan

Letters From The Battle of Waterloo

15 September

Another order-of-battle from Stephen Millar:

Russian-Austrian Order-of-Battle at Austerlitz: 2 December 1805

Paul Dawson adds another article to his study of the French artillery:

The Artillery of System An XI

Caroline Miley continues to update her massive art data base, this time with information from French Museums:

Napoleonic War Art

A review of Alistair Horne's

The Age of Napoleon

31 August

Stephen Millar provides a detailed order-of-battle of the Allied Forces at Dresden:

Allied Order-of-Battle at Dresden: 26 - 27 August 1813

Tony Broughton looks at the Armes d'Honneur given to the French artillery train battalions in:

Armes d’Honneur Awarded to the Bataillons du Train d’Artillerie

Paul Dawson examines French artillery in:

The French Artillery of 1807

We have an update to an older article showing contemporary prints:

Russian Cossacks in Holland: 1813

A pair of reviews from Ron McGuigan:

British Rifleman 1797 - 1815
Wellington's Army in the Peninsula 1809-1814

We close with a review of Greenhill Book's latest, writen by a long time contributor to the Napoleon Series, Kevin Kiley:

Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars 1792 - 1815

15 August

James Arnold analyzes Sir Charles Oman's theory on Column versus Line:

A Reappraisal of Column Versus Line in the Peninsular War

Alexander Mikaberidze brings us another Russian diary that has never been published in English:

Fedor Shubert’s Diary Of The 1813 Campaign

Tony Broughton looks at the Armes d'Honneur given to the French artillery regiments in:

Armes d’Honneur Awarded to the Regiments d’Artillerie

Stephen Millar has another Order-of-Battle, this time:

Russian-Prussian Order-of-Battle at Eylau: 8 February 1807

We close with a pair of reviews:

The Napoleonic Wars: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
Napoleon's Balkan Troops

31 July

I would like to welcome a new member to the Napoleon Series Team! David McCracken will be co-moderating the Forum and helping with editing! Welcome aboard David!

Stephen Millar continues his Order-of-Battle Studies. This time he provides us with:

The Prussian-Saxon Army at Jena: 14 October 1806

Gabriel Vital-Durand looks at the French invasion of Ireland:

1796-1798 : Trois tentatives d’invasion françaises en Irlande

We have an update to the paper, which won the Honorable Mention Prize for the Best Military Paper in the 2003 Writing Contest:

Marshal Suchet and the Siege of Valencia

In the Statistical Abstract we have added over 60 tables showing the exchange rates of different countries' currency in 1799. In these tables you can find out how much a British shilling is worth in the currency of Russia, Holland, Hanover, Prussia, Austria, Venice, Poland, Livonia, and a host of other countries -- such as Barbary, Persia, China, the Ottoman Empire, Denmark, Piedmont, Spain, etc. Equally of importance, the tables show the denominations of the various currencies. For example: In Venice, a Testoon was equal to 3 Jules; a Jule was equal to 18 Soldi; while a Soldi had 12 Picoli. A Picoli was equal to 1/36th British Pence! In Ireland, a Irish Shilling consisted of 13 Pence, but was of equal value to a British Shilling -- which consisted of 12 Pence.

Currency Exchange Rates for 1799

15 July

I am pleased to announce a new section in the Series! It is called Memoirs from the Russian Archives. It will consist of diaries, journals, memoirs and letters found in the Russian State Archives. These pieces have never been published in English before and Alexander Mikaberidze has done a masterful job translating them. The first set of memoirs is of Mikhail Vorontsov, who commanded the 2nd Grenadier Division at Borodino and defended the fleches!

Memoirs of General Mikhail Vorontsov: 1812-1813 Campaigns

In another first for the Series, Jeff Lewis translates and analyzes those portions of the Prussian Regulations of 1812 that deal with Brigade Formations and the usage of the third rank. Jeff also provides the German text for those who want to read it in its original.

The Use of the Third Rank and Brigade Formations According to the Prussian Regulations of 1812

J. R. Ladick looks at Charles de Gaulle and the Napoleonic tradition:

Bonapartiste: the Liberal Evolution of the Napoleonic Tradition in General Charles de Gaulle

Stephen Millar continues his order-of-battle studies with:

Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine: the Waterloo Campaign 1815

In our Statistical Abstract we have the population of the cities and villages of France in 1810:

Population of the Cities of France 1810: Abbeville - Azay-le-Rideau
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Bacarat - Buzancy
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Cadenet - Cusset
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Dammartin - Duretal
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Ecomoy - Exideuil
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Falaise - Furnes
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Gacé - Gy
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Haguenau - Huy
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Illiers - Ivrée
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Jarnac - Jussey
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Kayserslautern
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Lagny - Lyons-la-Forest
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Marchecoul - Mussy-sur-Seine
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Namur - Nyons
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Oberstein - Oulchy-le-Château
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Pacaudière (la) - Puy-Laurens
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Quesnoy (le) - Quintin
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Rabasteins - Ruysselede
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Saar-Union - Surgeres
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Tain - Turnhoult
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Ussel - Uzes
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Valançay - Vouziers
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Waerschoot - Worms
Population of the Cities of France 1810: Ypres - Zele

We close with a review of a new Osprey book:

Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792 – 1815

30 June

Tony Broughton provides us with another piece on French Armes d'Honneur:

Armes d’Honneur Awarded to the Regiments d’Infanterie Legere

Stephen Millar continues his order-of-battle study of the 1815 Campaign:

French Order-of-Battle at Wavre: 18 June 1815

More casualty statistics from Tony Broughton!

Total Casualties suffered by the Officers of the Chasseurs-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Killed While Serving with the Chasseurs-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Wounded While Serving with the Chasseurs-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale
Officers Who Died of Wounds While Serving with the Chasseurs-à-Pied de la Garde Imperiale

We close with a pair of reviews from Tom Holmberg and Alexander Mikaberidze:

Greenhill Dictionary of Military Quotations
Prussia's Glory: Rossbach and Leuthen

15 June

One of the great things about publishing on the internet is the ability to link information from many sources together. Our first article, by Stephen Millar, is a prime example of this. Stephen has provided in great detail the French Order-of-Battle at Waterloo. Within this article there are over 100 links to other articles on the Napoleon Series. These links include biographies of marshals, generals, and senior offiers, images of various commanders, and regimental histories!

French Order-of-Battle at Waterloo: 18 June 1815

Tony Broughton provides us with a piece on French Armes d'Honneur:

Armes d’Honneur Awarded to the Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

João Centeno continues his study of the Portuguese Army -- this time he looks at its artillery!

Portuguese Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars

More in the Statistical Abstract on French officer casualties from Tony Broughton:

French Grendiers-à-Pied Officer Casualties during the Period 1805 - 1815
French Grendiers-à-Pied Officers Killed during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Grenadiers-à-Pied Officers Wounded during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Grenadiers-à-Pied Officers Who Died of Wounds during the Period 1805 – 1815

A pair of reviews from Ron McGuigan and Alexander Mikaberidze:

Wellington's Peninsula Regiments: The Light Infantry
Russian Grenadiers and Infantry: 1799-1815

31 May

João Centeno provides a chronological listing of all the battles, combats, sieges, and other actions that the Portuguese military fought in from 1808 - 1815. He also gives a listing of the Portuguese units that participated in each.

Portuguese Army Actions: 1808

Greg Gorsuch has finished transcribing A Cursory View of Prussia from the Death of Frederick II to the Peace of Tilsit and closes witht he last five letters from Berlin:

The Battle of Eylau
The Russian Army at Königsberg
The Flight of the Prussian Royal Family
The Battle of Friedland
The Impact of the Treaty of Tilsit on Prussia

More in the Statistical Abstract on French officer casualties from Tony Broughton:

French Artillerie de Marine Officer Casualties during the Period 1805 - 1815
French Artillerie de Marine Officers Killed during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie de Marine Officers Wounded during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie de Marine Officers Who Died of Wounds during the Period 1805 – 1815

Caroline Miley updates her guide to Napoleonic artwork on the web:

Napoleonic War Art

15 May

More on the French war with Prussia in 1806 from Greg Gorsuch. The third item is very interesting -- it lists the punishments for those Prussian offices who failed in their duties during the war!

The Surrender of the Prussian Army
The Surrender of the Fortresses
King Frederick William’s Proclamation to the Army: 1 December 1806
The Situation in Poland
The Surrender of the Fortress of Glogau

In the Statistical Abstract more information on French officer casualties:

French Artillerie-à-Cheval Officer Casualties during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Cheval Officers Killed during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Cheval Officers Wounded during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Cheval Officers Who Died of Wounds during the Period 1805 – 1815

Alan Callendar updates two of his on-going bibliographic studies:

Bibliography of French "Staff" Histories (Includes annotations of those studies available in Gallica.)
Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2004

30 April

Tony Broughton continues his study of the foreigners in the service of the French:

Regiments d'Infanterie Etrangers and the Colonels who led them during the period 1804-1815: The Spanish and Portuguese Regiments
Officer Casualties Suffered by the Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers during the period 1804-1815: the Spanish and Portuguese Regiments

Greg Gorsuch provides more primary source documents on the events from the French war with Prussia in 1806:

The Battle of Auerstadt
The Prussians Retreat
The Prussians Retreat Continue
Negotiations with Marshal Lannes
Negotiations with Marshal Murat

In the Statistical Abstract we have more information on French officer casualties:

French Artillerie-à-Pied Officer Casualties during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Pied Officers Killed during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Pied Officers Wounded during the Period 1805 – 1815
French Artillerie-à-Pied Officers Who Died of Wounds during the Period 1805 – 1815

Caroline Miley continues to update her bibliographic study of Napoleonic Art on the Internet:

Napoleonic War Art: British Army Portraits
Napoleonic War Art: British Scenes
Napoleonic War Art: French Army Portraits
Napoleonic War Art: French Scenes
Napoleonic War Art: Objets d'Art
Napoleonic War Art: Other European Portraits

We close with an update to one of our oldest articles:

British Memoirs of the Napoleonic Wars

15 April

The Foreign Regiments in the French Army march on! This time Tony Broughton examines the Poles!

Regiments d'Infanterie Etrangers and the Colonels who led them during the period 1804-1815: The Poles
Officer Casualties Suffered by the Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers during the period 1804-1815: Part One

More from Greg Gorsuch on the Franco-Prussian War of 1806:

Initial Prussian Deployments
The Skirmish at Saalfeldt and the Death of Prince Louis
The Battle of Jena -- Opening Stages
The Battle of Jena
The Battle of Jena -- the Saxons

We continue to look at French officer casualties in the Statistical Abstract, this time in the Light Infantry Regiments:

Total casualties suffered by the French Regiments d’Infanterie Legere
French Light Infantry Officers Killed during the period 1805 – 1815
French Light Infantry Officers Wounded during the period 1805 – 1815

French Light Infantry Officers Who Died of Wounds during the period 1805 – 1815

Caroline Miley updates her bibliographic study of Napoleonic Art on the Internet:

Napoleonic War Art: British Army Portraits
Napoleonic War Art: British Scenes

31 March

Dmitry Tselorungo has written a people on the demographics of the Russian Officer Corps, based on research done in the Russian Military Archives. Mr. Tselorungo data was culled from over 1,300 personnel files!

The Russian Officer Corps in 1812

Greg Gorsuch has more letters on the Franco-Prussian War of 1806:

The Neglect of the Prussian Army
Prussian Neutrality and French Perfidity in 1805
Prussian Internal Politics in Late 1805
The Queen Becomes Involved and War is Declared
Prussia Prepares for War

In the Statistical Abstract, Tony Broughton provides information on the human cost of the Napoleonic Wars among the French officer corps:

French Line Infantry Officer Casualties during the Period 1805 – 1815

French Officers Killed during the period 1805 – 1815: 1er - 40e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Killed during the period 1805 – 1815: 41e - 80e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Killed during the period 1805 – 1815: 81e - 120e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Killed during the period 1805 – 1815: 121e - 156e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Wounded during the period 1805 – 1815: 1er - 40e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Wounded during the period 1805 – 1815: 41e - 80e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Wounded during the period 1805 – 1815: 81e - 120e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Wounded during the period 1805 – 1815: 121e - 156e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Died of Wounds during the period 1805 – 1815: 1er - 40e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Died of Wounds during the period 1805 – 1815: 41e - 80e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Died of Wounds during the period 1805 – 1815: 81e - 120e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

French Officers Died of Wounds during the period 1805 – 1815: 121e - 156e Regiments d’Infanterie de Ligne

Reviews of two new books:

Rory Muir's At Wellington’s Right Hand: the Letters of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon, 1808 – 1815

Peter Hofschröer's Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo

In closing, I am always pleased to announce when a member of the Napoleon Series Team receives recognition for his achievements. The latest member is David Markham, who's book, Imperial Glory, received the International Napoleonic Society President's Choice Award!

15 March

One of the goals of the Napoleon Series is to make available primary source material that has not ever been published or was published so long ago, that very few libraries have it. Although we do publish a considerable amount of material French and British archives, primary source material from other nations is quite scarce. I am pleased to announce our next major effort -- brought about by the efforts of Greg Gorsuch. This time it is a contemporary view of Prussia as seen through a series of letters written by a Prussian gentleman and published in Great Britain in 1809. Enjoy!

A Cursory View of Prussia from the Death of Frederick II to the Peace of Tilsit

The first six letters include:

The Spirit of Frederick II
Prussia at the Death of Frederick II
The Polish Insurrection
Prussian State of Affairs in 1797
The King's Mistress and the Royal Alchemist
The Weak Character of Frederick William III

Tony Broughton finishes his study on the foreign regiments in the French Army:

Regiments d'Infanterie Etrangers and the Colonels who led them during the period 1804-1815: Bataillons Etranger
Officer Casualties Suffered by the Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers during the period 1804-1815: Part One

In Biographies, Ian Hill provides an unusual bit of information on one of his ancestors:

Address given by M. Dondeau at the Funeral of General Mocquery, who died at Ervy (Aube) on 5 January 1853

In our Battles Section we have an update to Tom Holmberg's article:

Monson's Retreat: India, 1804

Alan Callendar provides an update on what new Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Era material has been added to Gallica in February:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2004

29 February

Greg Gorsuch finishes his translation of Eylau: Precis Des Travaux de la Grande Armée. This was an amazing effort -- with over 220 documents published!

Report of the Minister of Foreign Relations: January 28, 1807
Combat at Bergfried
Combat at Waterdor
Combat at Deppen
Combat at Hoff
Combat at Eylau
Battle of Eylau

Rapport du ministre des relations extérieures
Combat de Bergfried
Combat de Waterdorf
Combat de Deppen
Combat de Hoff
Combat d'Eylau
Bataille d'Eylau

After a well deserved vacation, Dominique Contant and Tom Holmberg bring us moe on the Almanach of 1810 -- Chapter X which is on the Administrative Organization of France:

Sect. 1ère Division de l'Empire François en départemens, etc.  

Sect. II. Préfectures, Sous-Préfectures, etc.     

Ain - Calvados     
Cantal - Eure
Eure et Loire - Jura
Landes - Marengo
Marne - Nord
Oise - Roer
Rome - Stura
Tarn - Yonne               

Sect. III, Gouvernemens généraux.

More Regimental Studies from Tony Broughton!

Regiments d'Infanterie Etrangers and the Colonels who led them during the period 1804-1815
Officer Casualties Suffered by the Regiments d’Infanterie Etrangers during the period 1804-1815: Part One

Alan Callendar provides an update on what new Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Era material has been added to Gallica so far in 2004:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2004

We close with an update to Caroline Miley's

Napoleonic War Art: Paintings, Graphic Art and Sculptures depicting Individuals or Scenes associated with the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

15 February

This week we have several major additions to our Bibliographic Tools Section:

Alexander Mikaberidze provides an index, by author:

Proceedings of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe: 1971-2001

To give you idea of the size of the above project, the original document he sent me was 80 pages long!

Alan Callendar provides an update on what new Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Era material has been added to Gallica during 2003:

Material Added to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France's Gallica Site: 2003

Greg Gorsuch continues with . This time there is a wide variety of documents. In the first one, Josephine has heard of Napoleon's dalliance in Warsaw and wants to travel there to be with him.

An Audience with Josephine: 5 February 1807

The next is a fascinating appeal to Napoleon from an old soldier. . . this guy was incredible! He is one to emulate and would make Bob Dole proud!!

The Petition of François Narocki

After the above, we have the relative mundane:

Senate Proceedings: 17 February 1807

We also have the above documents in French:

L'audience de Josephine: 5 février 1807
La pétition de François Narocki
Démarches De Sénat : 17 février 1807

In the Statitstical Abstract Section, Howie Muir looks at British Pay and Allowances:

Allowances for Baggage and Forage for British Officers Taking to the Field 1804
Allowances for Captain for a Company of Infantry 1804
Allowances to British Officers and Soldiers Sent on Duty 1804
Allowances for British Officers Embarking on Foreign Service 1804
Allowances for British Officers returning from India on Leave of Absence 1804
Indemnification to British Officers for Losses Incurred on Campaign 1804
Allowances for British Officers returning on Recruiting Service 1804

In our Reviews Section we have a review of a new book from Greenhill Books:

March of Death: Sir John Moore’s Retreat to Corunna, 1808-1809

 

31 January

Another massive update!

Dr. Gabriel Vital Durand looks at the creation of the Republic of Helvetia:

The Eye of the Cyclone at the Fall of the XVIIIth Century:  The Ill-Fated Helvetic Republic (1798-1803)

Tony Broughton continues his study of French regiments in:

Auxiliary Regiments in the Service of France and the Colonels who led Them during the period 1804 - 1815: Regiments d’Infanterie Suisse
Officer Casualties suffered by the Auxiliary Regiments in the Service of France 1804-1815: Regiments d’Infanterie Suisse

Paul Dawson concludes his study of the Polish Lancers of the Guard, with a short history of this famous unit:

Napoleon's Polish Lancers

Greg Gorsuch continues to provide more primary source documents on the 1806 - 1807 Campaigns. This time you will find more a copy of a secret treaty between Russia and Mecklenbourg, capitulations, and after-action reports!

Capitulation of Glogau: November 5, 1806
Capitulation of Plassembourg: November 5, 1806

Capitulation of Nienbourg: November 25, 1806

Treaty between Russia and Mecklenbourg: October 25, 1806
Combat of Czarnowo
Combat of Nasielsk
Passage of the Wrka
Passage of the Sonna
Combat of Pultusk
Combat of Golymin
Siege of Glogau
Journal of the Operations of the Siege of Breslau
Dispatch of General Benigsen: December 15, 1806
Letter from French Consul at Bucharest to Talleyrand: December 13, 1806
Capitulation of Breslau: January 5, 1807
Capitulation of Brieg: January 11, 1807

Capitulation de Glogau : 2 décembre 1806
Capitulation de Plassembourg : 25 novembre 1806
Traité qui fut négocis par les Russes et Mecklenbourg : 25 Octobre 1806

Combat de Czarnowo

Combat de Nasielsk
Passage de l'Wrka
Passage de la Sonna
Combat de Pultusk
Combat de Golymin
Siège de Glogau
Journal des opérations du siége de Breslau
Dépêche du général russe Benigsen
Lettre écrite à Talleyrand par le consult de France à Bucharest : 13 décembre 1806 Capitulation de Breslau : 5 janvier 1807
Capitulation de Brieg : 11 janvier 1807

In our Reviews Section, Paul Synnott looks at an old favorite!

Waterloo: the Movie

15 January

This year is starting off great with a variety of new articles and other material!

Caroline Miley provides us with an invaluable tool on how to find Napoleonic works of art that are available on-line. She provides names of paintings and artwork by topic, a brief description of each piece, and in what museum it can be found!

Napoleonic War Art: Paintings, Graphic Art and Sculptures depicting Individuals or Scenes associated with the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Dr. Gabriel Vital-Durand examines what happened in Egypt after Napleon left:

Capitulation du général Menou: 31 août 1801 (In French)

Another uniform study by Paul Dawson -- with color photographs of an actual uniform!

Officer’s Coat, Chevau-Leger-Lanciers Polonaise de la Garde Imperiale c.1812

More primary source documents from Greg Gorsuch on the 1806 French Campaign against Prussia. This week we have the decree that set up the Continental Blockade against Great Britain!

Report from Talleyrand to Napoleon: 20 November 1806
Decree on the Continental Blockade: 21 November 1806

Senate Decree on Special Conscription: 4 December 1806
Proclamation: December 2, 1806
Order of the Day: December 2, 1806
Capitulation of the Fort of Czentoschau: November 19, 1806
Proclamation by the King of Prussia on the Polish Insurrection: December 4, 1806

Rapport du Talleyrand à Napoleon: 20 novembre 1806
Décret sur le blocus continental : 21 novembre 1806
Décret sur conscription spéciale : 4 decembre 1806
Proclamation : 2 décembre 1806
Ordre du Jour: 2 décembre 1806
Capitulation du fort de Czentoschau : 19 novembre 1806
Proclamation par le roi de la Prusse sur l'insurrection polonaise : 4 décembre 1806

In our Reviews Section, we have a couple of new reviews:

Tom Holmberg reviews one of Greenhill Books' latest:

Napoleon's Shield and Guardian: The Unconquerable General Daumesnil

Tom Vance reviews a stunning new work on Napoleon:

Napoleon: The Immortal Emperor

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